RDA Darling Downs and South West Region

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South West RED Region

Employment self-containment

In 2016, 90.9% of the South West RED Region’s resident workers were employed locally.

Self-containment measures the proportion of resident workers who are employed within the boundaries of the Local Government Area or region. It indicates the propensity of residents to seek employment outside the Local Government Area or region in which they live.

Self containment is likely to be higher for regional areas and, lower in metropolitan areas and is influenced by:

  • The nature of employment opportunities versus the skills and qualifications of residents;
  • Transport options available and commuting times;
  • Relationship between wages and salaries and house prices in the area; and
  • The geographic size of the area.

Employment self-containment data should be viewed in conjunction with detailed Residents place of workdata to see where resident workers are accessing employment, along with Jobs to workers ratio data which provides the theoretical number of jobs which could be provided to residents of the South West RED Region in the local area, and is updated annually. The Resident workers section will provide the characteristics of resident workers.

Data source

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2011 (experimental imputed) & 2016 – by place of work

Please note: The 2016 Census used a new methodology to "impute" a work location to people who didn’t state their workplace address. As a result, 2016 and 2011 place of work data are not normally comparable. To allow comparison between 2011 and 2016, .id has sourced a 2011 dataset from the ABS which was experimentally imputed using the same methodology. To provide this detail, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region in 2011 had to be constructed from a best fit of Work Destination Zones (DZNs). While it may not be an exact match to the LGA or region boundary, it is considered close enough to allow some comparison. Users should treat this time series data with caution, however, and not compare directly with 2011 data from any other source.
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Employment self-containment by Industry
South West RED Region20162011Change
IndustryTotal resident workersResident workers residing in the South West RED Region%% resident workers employed in the South West RED RegionTotal resident workersResident workers residing in the South West RED Region%% resident workers employed in the South West RED Region2011 - 2016
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing2,7162,51392.52,8512,78597.7-5.2%
Mining29020470.342535884.2-13.9%
Manufacturing38836894.854253999.4-4.6%
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services18415986.416816296.4-10.0%
Construction73455175.175572295.6-20.6%
Wholesale Trade31029294.235534597.2-3.0%
Retail Trade95793597.71,1361,136100.0-2.3%
Accommodation and Food Services57756597.962060497.4+0.5%
Transport, Postal and Warehousing47843791.455854497.5-6.1%
Information Media and Telecommunications5050100.0686595.6+4.4%
Financial and Insurance Services103103100.0140140100.0--%
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services1079992.5110110100.0-7.5%
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services23021593.525124497.2-3.7%
Administrative and Support Services20717182.611811597.5-14.8%
Public Administration and Safety1,06299693.81,0821,07899.6-5.8%
Education and Training93090697.484283298.8-1.4%
Health Care and Social Assistance1,2711,23296.91,2751,25998.7-1.8%
Arts and Recreation Services595694.95858100.0-5.1%
Other Services39336592.9364364100.0-7.1%
Industry not classified51848293.136335998.9-5.8%
Total Industries11,85610,77690.912,28211,89796.9-6.0%

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016 Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id the population experts.

Please refer to specific data notes for more information
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